CHARLIE WEBSTER: It is ‘dog eat dog’ and Sheffield United have been mauled again

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Neil Warnock wasn’t prepared to give Sheffield United any leeway at Loftus Road despite the fact that he’d be heartbroken if we got demoted.

As Warnock said it’s ‘dog eat dog these days.’ I’m not going to dwell on our QPR performance or I might start getting depressed about the fact that we are seven points adrift of safety. Monday night was bad enough, and it didn’t help the stick I was getting on twitter, either. Even Michael Vaughan got in on the act, he enjoyed having a dig and added that we shouldn’t have let Warnock go. He’s got a point.

I wonder where we would be now if he’d had stayed a Blade? I almost swore as much as Wayne Rooney that night but obviously not in front of a camera.

Instead I’m putting my faith in Blades’ up and coming youth. Last night I was at Bramall Lane watching United against Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup.

All my hopes are pinned on the next generation of players. Micky Adams has announced that any of the youngsters who prove themselves might even warrant a place to help United get out of the mess that is 22nd in the Championship.

Harry Maguire was on the bench in our rare win against Leeds. If that isn’t an incentive then I don’t know what is. Despite the fact that our senior team has churned out some performances-to-forget, to have the opportunity to come in and make a difference is everything. I wish some of our senior players had that mentality. Investment in our own youth is essential not just for our survival but for the standard at survival of English football as we know it.

All clubs should be going back to basics and doing this, rather than the constant need to scout abroad.

This week I was at a kids football project in London in under privileged areas. A few of the boys were unbelievably talented; they have no facilities and play where the pitch is on a hill.

They didn’t care, they had a coach who encouraged them, pushed them and developed their own individual talents. It’s these projects where we should look to progress our game both at club and national level.

Coming up to the second week in April and this is about the time when the realism kicks in. All along I’ve been convinced we were going to just manage to scrape through this season to hang on by a thread to Championship status. However that nasty feeling of realism is starting to creep in and after Palace’s win over Barnsley the task of avoiding the drop is near impossible. I just hope the players and our manager have some belief. Middlesbrough at the Lane and Ipswich host Palace, I don’t think I’ve ever backed the Portman Road outfit so much in my life.